Cameron Corner to Birdsville - via Innamincka

Submitted: Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 08:17
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Has anyone done this trip lately?

The whole trip is approx 676km's, but google mapping suggests it takes 27 hrs to complete, would this be correct?

Planning on taking a caravan with me.

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 08:47

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 08:47
Gday
I did the opposite way in September and i would say the road is reasonable .I went via Haddons corner as well. It is a long and interesting drive. Dont forget to stop and see the snake. We also stopped for the night at the dig tree , i would believe 27 hrs is ok with an overnight stop. I cruised at 90 kph . The only "bad" bit is near Merty Merty , just be careful and you will be ok.
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 11:29

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 11:29
Nappa Merie, Arrabury might be your easiest run with a van. Walker's Crossing is a bit rugged.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 17:16

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 17:16
Hi Steve and Sanantone

I did Birdsville / Innamincka via Cordillo Downs in April, and Birdsville / Innamincka via Walkers Crossing in July, and I'd have to say that Walkers Crossing is almost a smoother run...especially given all the oil and gas activity out there, they keep roads in fairly good nick.

Enjoy!
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Follow Up By: Steve - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 17:58

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 17:58
That was before the Birdsville races crew churned it up Baz.

We went Arrabury and returned via Walkers in September and Walkers was anything but smooth. I don't know if/when they grade it but a full jerry can shot out of a full size holder (not tied down :)) which takes a bit of doing and caused some amusement. Always relative, this stuff but it was pretty rough. I'd be interested to hear an update though.
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Follow Up By: Steve - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 18:08

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 18:08
btw, somebody recently mentioned on here that they took the mining road near Tirrawarra oil/gas field which made life a bit easier for a decent stretch. Wish I'd had the same presence of mind but swmbo was nagivating with gritted teeth.

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Follow Up By: Kyle H - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:45

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:45
We went the Tirrawarra oil field route with van in August and it was an excellent piece of well maintained road that cut out about 60 ks of heavily corrugated road if you followed the Birdsville signposted route.
Signs said private road mining trucks only so we asked one of the mining trucks if it was OK to use, we were told no problems so long as we stayed on the main track and didn't venture anywhere..

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Reply By: Zippo - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 19:17

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 19:17
Pretty much what this guy (Steven) did just before/around Xmas.

http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=5928

You need to follow the descriptions in his trip journal (see link in the first post there) to work out his actual route.
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Reply By: Russan - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 20:17

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 20:17
We did the trip in early September this year towing our 18ft caravan. Drove from Milparinka (about 40km south of Tibooburra) to Innamincka via Cameron's Corner in one day. In hind sight we should have done this over two day as it was an exhausting drive and got into Innamincka after dark.

Had a couple of nights at Innamincka so we could have a look around.

Drove Innamincka to Birdsville via Cordillo Downs track over two days which was much more enjoyable. Stopped at Cadelga Ruins for a night.

Found the track pretty good, some corrugations and bull dust but travelled at between 60 & 80 km/h most for the way depending on road conditions.

Enjoy your trip.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Jan 01, 2015 at 09:07

Thursday, Jan 01, 2015 at 09:07
Actual driving time in the saddle is only around 12 hours through Walkers Crossing. The roads are generally very good. When you add stops, sight seeing and side trips it becomes more like 4-5 days absolute minimum.
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Reply By: Member- Mattelle - Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at 14:11

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 at 14:11
Gday,
My only advise is Do Not go Cordillo Downs Rd. It is awful
We did it towing a C/T and was very slow.
Enjoy
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